Unmissable Things To Do in London in 2018
2017 Is Dead, Long Live 2018!
Even-numbered years are always better right (ok, forget 2016) – and 2018 is looking set to be a great year for cabaret, circus, theatre, comedy, festivals, exhibitions, food, fun and frolics galore!
See up-and-coming cabaret acts in the opulent surroundings of Brasserie Zédel’s cabaret room, The Crazy Coqs.
The rebellious MEGANDALEX challenge the Catholic Church’s flagrant misogyny with choreography, sickly-sinful confessions and an explosive Eucharist.
Alt. performance purveyors Duckie explore forgotten histories of Queer People of Colour, via the medium of fabulous cabaret (of course)!
CircusFest returns to the Roundhouse in Camden with some high-flying treats including Ellie Dubois’ feminist Edinburgh hit No Show.
A very exciting collection of degenerate and ‘shockingly prophetic’ songs as banned by the Nazis in the 1930s. A treat for fans of Weimar cabaret.
Australian circus powerhouse Circa light up the Southbank with their new show. Let’s hope it’s a bit lighter than their last few shows…
The award-winning ‘Swedish Amy Schumer’ explores first-generation guilt, intersectionality and adult virginity at our favourite London comedy venue, Soho Theatre.
2017 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Hannah Gadsby brings her last ever show to the Soho Theatre. Nanette “is a show about learning how you can thrive as a ‘not normal'”.
A perennial fixture in the To Do List social calendar, the NATYs (New Act of the Year) aims to find the performers “that can, in their own unique way, present a five minute showcase of a longer comedy piece, which represents a bookable, twenty minute routine, and displays a commitment to original comedy performance.”
The indescribably unique David Hoyle returns with “a celebration of survival against overwhelming odds”. Diamond charts David’s rise from gay adolescent in Blackpool, to famous Channel 4 Anti-drag queer cult phenomenon.
Fresh from their successful return to the TV schedules, the League of Gentleman bring their frighteningly funny troupe of hideous yet hilarious characters back to the stage.
The history of the T-shirt is explored from its roots as underwear to a rebellious rock and roll symbol.
Far from retro Pacman exhibits, this exhibition considers the groundbreaking and complex artistic worlds that videogames have created from the mid-2000s to now.
Discover the Vaults under Waterloo station and discover hot upcoming talent in London’s very own underground version of the Edinburgh Fringe.
An intriguing lineup from AEG’s new takeover of Hackney’s Victoria Park including Yeah Yeah Yeahs (pictured above at their gig in Brooklyn’s King’s Theatre), Björk and Lorde.
Gary Oldman is getting plenty of awwards buzz for his transformative performance as Winston Churchill, in this historical drama-cum-thriller from director Joe Wright (Atonement).
Downsizing | 24 January
Director Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants) returns with this satirical sci-fi set in a near-future where people can have themselves shrunk to live a better life…
Annihilation | 23 February
A sci-fi horror from Ex Machina director Alex Garland, which sends a group of unprepared explorers into an environmental disaster zone. And they’re not alone.
Proud Mary | 23 March
Taraji P. Henson is Mary Goodwin, a hitwoman who makes an unlikely friend when a hit goes wrong.
Isle of Dogs | 30 March
It feels far too long since Wes Anderson’s last film (2014’s Grand Budapest Hotel), so hopefully this stop-motion animation about a group of dogs in a dystopian future Japan will be worth the wait.
Don’t miss our upcoming 2018 Film Preview for more unmissable films in, erm, 2018!
New kids on the pop-up wagon Gouldfingers are two sisters on a mission to bring beautiful vegan food to your plate.
Celebrate the music of soul diva Whitney Houston with Belinda Davids accompanied by the sensational 30-piece National Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk | Wilton’s Music Hall | 17 January – 10 February | 7:30pm (2:30pm Matinees) | From £22.50
Kneehigh visionary Emma Rice directs this tale of Marc and Bella Chagall.
Linking 5 ordinary ‘nobodies’ and the legendary songs of Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas, Bernadette Robinson is bound to blow the roof off Wilton’s Music Hall.
Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Frontline | Theatre Royal Stratford East | 10-21 April | 7:30pm (2:30pm Matinees) | From £10
Agit-pop comedian Mark Thomas reflects on creating a comedy club in the heart of Palestine.
A tour de force by alt. performance pioneers Split Britches (Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw). The show will ‘combine a Dr Strangelove-inspired performance with a daring forum for public conversation, explore ageing, anxiety, hidden desires and how to look forward when the future is uncertain.’.
The National Trust’s Sutton House hosts an exploration of The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst with queer tours, Starkers Life Drawing and a Q&A with Alan Hollinghurst himself.